Handbook for Mortals : Dying suddenly : Natural disasters

Any sudden death makes one feel uncertainty and fear. The world abruptly feels quite unsafe. A natural disaster forces you to feel how small and unprotected we are against the forces of nature. It is no wonder that you may think God picked your own little corner of the world to attack. Added to the loss of a loved one, survivors may have to endure the loss of cherished belongings -- even the loss of a whole way of life. You might have to postpone grieving for the dead because of the immediate needs of finding shelter, locating other family members, or dealing with insurance companies.

Survivors of a natural disaster often find comfort in the fellowship of other survivors and in the companionship of community rebuilding. This sense of reconstruction can be the forerunner of healing and the repair of families shattered by the loss of loved ones.

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Handbook for Mortals book cover Copyright © 1999, 2006 by Joanne Lynn. This extract from the Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D. is used with permission. To learn more about improving care at the end of life visit the main web site for Americans for Better Care of the Dying.
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